plenary session of the European Parliament on 4 April 2019 formally confirmed
the agreement reached with the Council in the interinstitutional negotiations.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives also approved the compromise on 6
European Parliament and the Council agreed in January on a compromise to revise
Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information (PSI
Directive). The revision aims to further broaden the scope of the Directive and
facilitate the re-use of public sector data. The revision includes changes that
may also be of interest to the German social security system and its
sector data accessible under national rules will be made available digitally
and free of charge. High-quality data sets, i.e. data whose further use is
associated with considerable advantages for society, the environment or the
economy, are to be made available free of charge via Application Programming
Interfaces and, where relevant, also offered as bulk downloads. A list of
categories of these data sets is found in the Annex to the draft Directive,
including statistics. This could also include the statistical data sets of the
umbrella associations of the German social insurance system and the social insurance
institutions (for a summary of the revisions to the Directive, see the detailed
article Feb 2019).
draft Directive has yet to be formally adopted by the Council. Member States
will then have two years to transpose the Directive into national law.